Leaders for Literacy Luncheon
Thank you to everyone who took part in our 25th annual Leaders for Literacy Luncheon, held November 1st at the Fairmont Pittsburgh. Because of the generosity of many corporations and individuals nearly $134,000 was raised for our adult and family literacy programs. This vital support can provide:
- one year of classroom learning for 134 students in reading, math or GED preparation,
- training and support for 150 volunteer tutors, or
- intensive English language instruction for 39 refugee families.
We thank all of our event sponsors and supportors for creating a Pathway
to a Brighter Future for families in our community!
Executive Vice President, Chief External Affairs
and Communication Officer, Highmark
Host and creator of The American Storyteller Radio Journal
Author of “Most UnLikely to Succeed” about the trials,
travels and ultimate triumphs of a “throwaway kid."
Passed through an educational system that was ill-prepared to help a student who couldn’t learn like others, Nelson Lauver graduated from high school and received a diploma he struggled to read. A chance encounter at the age of 29, and one word–dyslexia, changed Nelson’s life. With his problem identified, Nelson finally learned to read and write, and set out on a journey that few would have imagined. As creator and host of The American Storyteller Radio Journal Nelson has authored and narrated over 300 short stories, giving listeners across the country a slice of the American experience. Last year marked the release of his award-winning memoir, Most UnLikely to Succeed. An acclaimed author, journalist, nationally syndicated broadcaster, and educational rights advocate, Nelson Lauver shares his story with audiences nationwide as a way to help others realize their maximum potential.